CityBeat - City Desk http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html <![CDATA[Poll: Many Ohioans Want Kasich Out of Presidential Race - ]]> Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential bid is no longer popular with voters in his home state — especially those in his own party, a recent poll suggests.]]> <![CDATA[Boehner Back in Spotlight with Cruz Comments and Obama Cameo - ]]> Retirement isn’t all red wine, tanning beds and rounds of golf for former house speaker John Boehner.
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<![CDATA[Task Force Suggests Sexual-Assault Prevention Efforts - ]]>

A task force created by City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld outlined ways the city and other concerned parties can better support survivors and educate the community about sexual assault during an April 19 news conference.

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<![CDATA[Deters, Driehaus Square off in Commission Race Fundraising - ]]> Contenders in the upcoming Hamilton County Commissioners race — Democrat State Rep. Denise Driehaus and Republican incumbent Dennis Deters — just released their post-primary fundraising totals.
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<![CDATA[Working Group Presents Crime Recommendations - ]]> A group working to craft recommendations for a long-term strategy for reducing violent crime in the city presented its findings to City Council’s Human Services, Youth and Arts Committee April 18.]]> <![CDATA[Report: Former UCPD Chief ‘Untruthful’ - ]]> A report by consulting company Exiger released by University of Cincinnati April 14 suggests former UCPD Chief Jason Goodrich pushed for more traffic stops around UC and that he and UCPD Major Timothy Thornton were later “untruthful” about their knowledge of those stops. ]]> <![CDATA[Ohio House Approves Public School Religious Freedom Bill - ]]> The Ohio House passed a bill April 13 extending students’ abilities to express themselves religiously in public schools.
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<![CDATA[No Streetcar Budget Just Yet - ]]> Just six months before the streetcar is scheduled to start gliding passengers around downtown and Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati City Council almost passed the transit project’s first-year operating budget April 13.]]> <![CDATA[Documents: Owners Bought Dennison to Block Housing - ]]> The owners of downtown’s Dennison building bought it in 2013 at least in part because of concerns about a proposed plan to turn it into affordable housing, documents filed with Cincinnati’s Historic Conservation Board show.]]> <![CDATA[UCPD Outlines More Reforms After DuBose Shooting - ]]> The University of Cincinnati is working on big changes to its police department, but still has plenty of work ahead of it, a UCPD official said at a conference on police reform April 11.
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<![CDATA[City Council Poised to Pass Streetcar Operating Budget - ]]> After months of fighting, Cincinnati City Council looks likely to pass an operating budget for the city’s streetcar. The transit project could start taking riders as soon as Sept. 1 under the budget, which passed Council’s Budget and Finance Committee April 11.
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<![CDATA[UC Students’ 'CityBeat' Story Wins National Investigative Reporting Award - ]]> One of the nation’s premier journalism organizations on April 7 awarded 12 University of Cincinnati students its top prize for student investigative reporting among large universities.]]> <![CDATA[Council Could Up City Worker Minimum Wage to $15 - ]]>

City of Cincinnati employees like health worker Sheila Nash of Price Hill could get a bump in pay if Cincinnati City Council approves a series of ordinances designed to boost wages, increase worker safety and incentivize city contractors to pay employees more.

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<![CDATA[Cruz, Trump Hit Kasich Hard Ahead of Wisconsin Primary - ]]> Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues to campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, despite the nearly hopeless delegate math that has him trailing far behind frontrunner Donald Trump and second-place candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
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<![CDATA[Council Approves Halting Streetcar for Certain Downtown Festivities - ]]> City Council passed an ordinance Mar. 23 that could halt the streetcar’s operation during seven of the biggest downtown events that will take place annually during its first two years of operation.
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<![CDATA[City Administration Releases, Pulls Bike Lane Safety Study - ]]> Cincinnati’s Central Parkway Bikeway hasn’t made the thoroughfare any more dangerous than similar streets without lanes, a study has found.
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<![CDATA[Sierra Club: MSD Needs Independent Oversight - ]]> The Metropolitan Sewer District, jointly run by the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, needs outside supervision, says environmental advocacy group the Sierra Club.
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<![CDATA[UC President Ono Backs Streetcar Expansion - ]]>

University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono, long silent on the controversial streetcar project, said last week that he is hopeful the streetcar will be extended into Uptown around UC’s campus.

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<![CDATA[Strickland Hits Portman on Refusal to Consider SCOTUS Nominee - ]]> The political war over the next U.S. Supreme Court justice continues, and it could make a big impact in Ohio’s Senate race.]]> <![CDATA[Sheriff Neil Apologizes for Appearing at Trump Event - ]]> Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil set off minor political shockwaves when he appeared at a March 13 campaign rally for GOP presidential primary frontrunner Donald Trump in West Chester.]]>